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Britain to upgrade communications on Cyprus military base

Jan. 14, 2022 15:13 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The U.K. will build a new communications facility on one of two bases it maintains on the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, a British Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday. The spokesman told the Associated Press that the purpose of the...

Cyprus swaps student quarantine with 5 days of virus tests

Jan. 12, 2022 12:48 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is changing its compulsory quarantine rules for school children in an effort to keep pupils in school amid surging coronavirus infections, the country's health minister said Wednesday. Under the new system, schoolkids who were in close...

Live updates: Mexico approves use of Cuba's Abdala vaccine

Dec. 29, 2021 20:19 PM EST

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico’s health safety council has approved the use of Cuba’s three-dose Abdala coronavirus vaccine. The council said Wednesday that it has sufficient evidence the vaccine is safe and effective. The approval for emergency use does not necessarily...

EU to assess Cyprus' opening up of power generation sector

Dec. 24, 2021 09:49 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ move to open up its power generation market and boost the share of renewable sources in its energy mix will face its first big test next year, when the European Union’s executive arm assesses the project. Cypriot lawmakers in October approved a...

Cyprus beefs up COVID-19 screening for all travelers from UK

Dec. 18, 2021 11:43 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Saturday toughened COVID-19 screening for all travelers from the U.K. over age 12, including requiring them to quarantine until results are in from a lab test performed at the airport. Cyprus’ Health Ministry cited Britain's “drastic increase”...

Cyprus sees full tourism sector rebound by 2024

Dec. 16, 2021 10:44 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The government of Cyprus expects tourism to start fully rebounding in 2022 after arrivals this year increased a healthy 175% over a dismal 2020, a tourism minister said Thursday. Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios said the Mediterranean island nation...

Egypt backs federal peace deal for ethnically split Cyprus

Dec. 14, 2021 14:02 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Egypt’s foreign minister on Tuesday rebuffed a Turkish push for a two-state peace deal on ethnically divided Cyprus, saying that any talks should adhere to a U.N.-backed road map reunifying the east Mediterranean island nation as a federation. Egyptian...

Cyprus issues 2nd offshore drilling license to ExxonMobil

Dec. 10, 2021 10:03 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — ExxonMobil and partner Qatar Energy expanded their stake in potential oil and gas deposits off Cyprus by signing a deal with the east Mediterranean island nation Friday for a second exploration license in waters that Turkey partly claims. Drilling off Cyprus...

Vatican takes in 12 migrants as pope denounces indifference

Dec. 03, 2021 11:52 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday denounced the “culture of indifference” that the West shows migrants as the Vatican confirmed that at least a dozen asylum-seekers would be transferred from Cyprus to Italy in a gesture of solidarity with European countries that have...

A weary pope urges Greek, Turkish Cypriots to heal division

Dec. 02, 2021 13:35 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday urged Greek Cypriots and the breakaway Turkish Cypriots to resume talks on reunifying the Mediterranean island nation, saying threats and shows of force were only prolonging the “terrible laceration” its people have endured for nearly a...